Two popular video games “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” and “Medal of Honour: Warfighter” have been ordered to be removed from store shelves in Pakistan, after shop owners there complained that the games portray their country as an incubator for terrorism.
A notice was released by the organization that controls sales of digital media in Pakistan, when translated it says the following:
The Association has always boycotted these types of films and games. These (games) have been developed against the country’s national unity and sanctity. The games (“Medal of Honor: Warfighter” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2″) have been developed against Pakistan, and the association has completely banned their sale. Shopkeepers are warned and will be responsible for the consequences if found purchasing or selling these games.
The opening scene of “Medal of Honor: Warfighter,” released in November 2012, begins with Task Force Mako, an US Navy SEAL team commissioned to sabotage an Al Qaeda black market arms deal at shipping dock in the southern port city of Karachi, Pakistan. The team plants the explosives on a truck and detonates the bomb, but another explosion destroys the dock, sinking a cargo ship. The plot then reveals a much bigger terrorist threat. From a firefight in the streets of Karachi, followed by a covert mission to investigate Pakistan’s ties with terrorists and PETN, one of the most powerful high explosives known, down to escaping the ISI — the game centers the story of Pakistan as a jihadi haven.
The game was developed with the help of seven Navy SEAL Team 6 members who were part of Operation Neptune Spear to kill the leader of Al Qaeda.
The news comes ahead of the release of Black Ops 2’s ‘Revolution’ DLC pack, which will be available first on Xbox Live from January 29.
“They are both hot sellers,” said Moeen Ali, owner of Islamabad’s largest game store. He wasn’t aware of the ban, but told Fox News that more than 5,000 copies of “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” had been sold in Pakistan since its release.
The number of copies sold does not account for the unprecedented quantity of pirated copies available for just under $2 available in Pakistan.
“’Medal of Honor’ would be around the same. My store has probably sold up to 1,000 copies,” says Ali.
November 2012’s highest grossing game of the month, “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” focuses on Nicaraguan narc-terrorist Raul Menendez and contains a mission in Pakistan to get intelligence on the villain.
“It’s not the first time a game has been banned or boycotted here,” says Ali. “’Assassin’s Creed’ was banned in Pakistan because Muslims found content offensive and I stopped selling it.”